Migrants straggle into Mexico City to shelter at stadium

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States streamed into Mexico’s capital and bedded down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue.

Authorities counted more than 2,000 entering the Jesus Martinez stadium by midafternoon Monday, and a steady flow continued into the night. The facility has a capacity to hold 6,000, officials said, and four big tents set up for sleeping filled up.

Still hundreds of miles from the U.S. border, theys eagerly sifted through donated clothes, gave themselves sponge baths and ate chicken and rice. They then picked up thin mattresses for the night. Much in demand were blankets to ward off the chill in the mountain city.